WinZip has long been a go-to ZIP tool, so we were keen to try the all-new WinZip 18. It's much more than a cosmetic upgrade: A new compression engine zips, splits, and joins files faster than legacy versions, though of course WinZip still handles virtually any archive file type. It converts files to PDFs, adds watermarks, resizes photos, manages archives, and protects files with 128/256 bit encryption. Improved cloud navigation smoothly integrates WinZip with many more cloud services, including Box, Dropbox, SugarSync, SkyDrive, and Google Drive. Cloud Links adds links to files via e-mail, IM, and social media. … Read more
Not every portable hard drive can accompany you to the beach. Or a construction site. Or a war zone. Fragile little wussies, most drives are.
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True to its name (and appearance), this is a shockproof drive with "drop protection [that] meets U.… Read more
iBackup for Mac allows you to back up and restore various system preferences and system applications in no time. It also lets you back up files and folders of your choice just like any other traditional backup/restore app does, as well as schedule automatic backups. It's a useful app with an accessible interface and impressive performance.
iBackup for Mac's streamlined interface makes selecting system preferences and files to back up a snap. Files and preferences that appear in the main application window are categorized for easy navigation, making the app easy to use. We also liked the … Read more
iPhone / iPod Touch Backup Extractor for Mac converts iOS device backups created by iTunes into Mac OS X files that are easy to access and use. The app can retrieve detailed information stored in backups, making it a useful tool for developers investigating bugs or for users trying to decode SMS messages, notes, or call histories from SQLite database files. Even though it's quite basic, the app does a good job.
iPhone / iPod Touch Backup Extractor quickly detects iPhone and iPad Touch devices that have been backed up by iTunes and lets you extract all information contained within the … Read more
Contacts Backup & Restore will import, export, back up and restore contacts saved on your iPhone with the tap of a button. It is a quick, easy-to-use app in many ways; and as a result, if you find yourself losing contacts during upgrades or other operations, it can be a useful tool to have on hand.
Contacts Backup & Restore doesn't require you to sign up or create an account to store your contacts in the cloud. It seems to back up directly to your device, though you can also export in any number of formats directly to your … Read more
Contacts Sync and Transfer is designed to work around the often cumbersome integration of multiple sets of contacts on your iPhone. With Apple contacts, Google, Facebook, and others all loaded and pulling from the same resources, it can often be hard to find any one person, and restoring your contacts in the future or to a new device can take time as you set up each service. With this app you can back up and restore all of your contacts in a single interface.
When you first load Contacts Sync & Transfer, you will be prompted to create an account. … Read more
Creating system image backups of your Windows PC and storing them on an external drive, optical media, or network drive, can be very handy. Reimaging a PC often takes minutes, as opposed to the hours required to reinstall Windows, the hardware drivers, and all your applications. It's also a good way to migrate your old hard drive to a new one.
There are third-party solutions like, True Image, Norton Ghost, and Clonezilla, but Windows can create system images too. Beginning with Windows 7, Microsoft began including a tool for creating system images and it's available in Windows 8 … Read more
Apple's iOS 7 makes its debut today, and many users are champing at the bit to get their hands on this massively overhauled operating system.
Before you make the jump, however, it's a good idea to make sure you've got a full backup of your iPhone, just in case something goes wrong. That's not likely, given that beta testers have been putting iOS 7 through its paces for months, but better safe than sorry.
Your iPhone gets backed up to one of two places: iTunes on your computer or iCloud in the, er, cloud. Here's … Read more
On Wednesday, Apple released a highly anticipated update to iOS devices: iOS 7. The new version is a complete departure from prior versions of iOS.
The update brings an entire new look and feel to iOS devices, which in turn will likely lead to late-night calls from your parents asking why their phone or iPad looks so different. That is, if they can find the redesigned Phone icon.
In addition to the new look, there's a long list of new features such as a new Control Center, photo filters, and AirDrop.
With the update in mind, it's important … Read more
A portable hard drive is essential gear for today's mobile worker, but most drives aren't designed to withstand the rigors of common work environments: factory floors, construction sites, military deployments, and so on.
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